Article by Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press
With legislation to legalize marijuana expected in the spring, a new player has emerged on London’s increasingly crowded pot-dispensary scene.
The Chronic Hub Social Club has opened at 119 Dundas St., the first marijuana dispensary to set up shop in the city’s core.
The new pot shop brings London’s dispensary count to six, four of them popping up after Justin Trudeau pledged in the 2015 election campaign to legalize marijuana.
“It’s just another reason to come downtown,” said Charles Colvin, chief executive of the Chronic Hub. “That’s what you want in your downtown core, is for people to be down there.”
But the head of Downtown London isn’t applauding the arrival of a new tenant in the former Jambalaya restaurant.
“If it’s legalized then they have every right to be there. Is it the kind of business we choose for Dundas Street? Absolutely not,” Janette MacDonald said of the dispensary.
“It’s going to be our flex street. We’re looking for that to be populated with restaurants and cafes.”
The Chronic Hub is mirroring the approach of its sister store in Vancouver, billing itself as a non-profit compassion club that sells only to members approved during an in-house Skype consultation with a medical professional or who already have a prescription for medical marijuana.